Thousands of people gathered in Chinatown yesterday for the Night in Chinatown Festival. A spectator jumped at the chance to give the Chinese lion a dollar for good luck. The parade featured several Kung Fu organizations. Many businesses sold Chinese food and good luck charms.
End of food tax favored
As the legislative session opens, a majority of lawmakers in the House and Senate favor eliminating the 4 percent excise tax on food and rent, a step that would save Hawai'i taxpayers about $150 million a year.
Spit and polish gone from Kalaeloa
The cigarette butts, beer cans and soiled diapers that spill out of the trash cans every day stand as an ugly testament to the way life has changed at the old Barbers Point Naval Air Station.
Lawsuit galvanizes homestead tenants
Traditionally reticent to get involved with politics, many Hawaiian homesteaders say they're waking up from their slumber to resist a legal challenge.
Tiger Woods brings Midas touch to Maui
Tiger Woods, the 25-year-old golf superstar, is changing the image of the tournament that opened the 2001 PGA Tour season in Kapalua, Maui, just as he almost singlehandedly has transformed who plays and who watches golf.
Waialua team gets its robot ready
After months of preparation, the 16 members of Waialua High School's robotics team are hustling to get their project together for a late-March competition in San Jose, Calif.
Updraft carries stream of bees to Pali Lookout
The updraft of mountain breezes that occurs when the trade winds strike the Ko'olau appears to be responsible for carrying the dozens and dozens of honey bee carcasses that are strewn over the Pali lookout.
Unisyn mess in Waimanalo mostly gone
Meadow Gold Dairies has completed the cleanup at its Waimanalo farm where a defunct waste recycling plant left hundreds of thousands of gallons of reeking material.
Seagull Schools plans new Ko 'Olina facility
Based on the demand at its Kapolei location, Seagull Schools plans to more than double its Leeward O'ahu capacity by building a new school on a two-acre site to be donated by the Ko 'Olina Corp. and by expanding its current operation.
Blood demand up as donors dwindle
Every year right after the holidays, the Blood Bank of Hawai'i is likely to "go critical" as the amount of blood on hand drops to a two-day supply.
Maui teen's house burns on her birthday
On her 18th birthday, Mary Vander Velde of Kihei saw how a fire gutted the cottage where she lived with her sister, her unemployed parents, and her brother. Maui Fire Department officials estimated the damage at $17,500.
Lottery planned for Haleakala trip
A three-day guided backpack trip and service project sponsored by the national park and the Hawai'i Natural History Association will be held Feb. 23-25.
Roadwork perdition persists into 2001
Imagine my surprise after putting 2000 safely in moth balls when I read that the Year of Street Repair isn't over yet. It will roll merrily along Kalaniana'ole Highway.
New Year's won't be same for woman who lost auntie
Amy Entendencia, from Kane'ohe, is the niece of Lillian Herring, the woman who died in a house fire caused by fireworks on New Year's Eve. A letter from her, written as a loving remembrance, fills in some of the details of who Lillian Herring was.
Lawsuits a catch-22 for agency
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Hawai'i has in recent years made a consistent complaint when it is sued to force compliance with environmental laws: It says the lawsuits, instead of helping, are in fact getting in the way.
Fearless woman is one really cool hero
My latest hero is Miriam Abrin, a Nu'uanu resident who proved that a determined home-improvement do-it-yourselfer can be stronger than concrete, even stronger than phosphoric acid.